26 Tasting Notes
So good! I wonder if mine isn’t as fresh as others’ – I find this needs a lot of leaves and a good long steep or it just tastes watery. At any rate, once it’s done, it makes a nice strong tea that stands up well to milk and sugar. There’s a nice underlying sweetness so I use less sugar than I tend to do in black teas. I’m almost out now, and I’ll definitely be buying more.
As I’ve mentioned before, I tend to prefer black teas with milk and sugar, but I’ve enjoyed oolongs before, so I decided to order a sample of this tea.
With a four-minute steep, it has a strong but not overwhelming flavour, no bitterness, a lovely flowery scent, and a slight sweetness. I didn’t notice a particular peach flavour, but that may be due to my relative inexperience with oolongs – I just don’t know what I’m looking for! It’s a good stomach-soothing tea and worth keeping in the cupboard for that alone, with that good taste and sweetness as a nice bonus.
I just got my TeaFrog order today (which Canada Post managed to screw up, but ANYWAY) and had quite a bit of trouble deciding which tea to try first, which is always a lovely problem to have. There were six samples as well as three of my favourite teas from the previous sample pack.
I’m glad I went with the Assam sample, because… wow! It’s bold, but smooth, with just a hint of citrus. A four-minute steep makes it strong enough to stand up to milk and sugar, but it would be great on its own as well. Yet another to reorder.
How will I ever go back to mass-market teabags?!
A nice smooth chai. Very good with sugar, which seems to bring out the spicy notes a bit more; this isn’t a particularly spicy one but it’s very good, and the flavour is assertive enough to drink with dessert. Holds up to a lot of milk as well. Good thing the sample pack is so generous!
As with the Orange Pekoe, there seems to be relatively little to say about English Breakfast – it’s such a standard blend. But as with the Orange Pekoe, this is certainly a very good one, and I went through the sample pretty fast. It would be strong enough to stand up to an actual English breakfast.
This was a free sample included in my TeaFrog sample pack. I’d considered getting it but decided on the Markesh Mint (which I’ve yet to try). Aaaand I’m going to have to reorder this one too.
I steeped it for three minutes and found the black tea slightly more pronounced than the green, with a strong mint flavour that was enhanced by adding a bit of sugar. This was my first green/black blend and I’m very impressed!